The weekend started early last week for me…in a way at least. After an extended period of blissful high water I was watching creeks drop fast all last weekend and into early last week. I knew that my favorite and best stream in the state (To me at least) was going to pass through the window of ‘perfect’ and be long out of it by this the weekend so I decided to take a half day off on Tuesday and hit it.
While this stream is my favorite and my best trout catching stream I rarely get to fish there due to it being sensitive to water levels. Head to this stream when water is just a little low or a little high and you’ll never go back. From years of experience I know when it’s perfect though. I’m just not always available to be there at that time! On average I fish it once every two year. Not a good record for someone’s favorite creek. Either way, I was happy to finally get the chance this year.
As usually she didn’t disappoint although the water was a tad lower than I was hoping for. With no water gauges around it’s a crap shoot at times.
I was a little concerned when the first pool didn’t produce anything but this stream is notorious for slow starts turning fast real quick. That was the case today as pool number 3 coughed up 6 wild browns. This creek has some of the prettiest browns I can catch anywhere. Vivid red spots are the norm here.
As is spectacular scenery
It’s late but this stream was still pretty loaded up with blossoming Rohody
Even the Brookies were out enjoying the day’s festivities
But the browns stole the day and in 5 hours of fishing I handled and released 181 trout. The 36 trout/hour on the day was actually somewhat slow for this stream and I attribute to massive flash flooding that happened weeks ago. The damage was excessive and I’m positive that many trout perished in the event. Flash flooding is the most dangerous event for a trout population. It’s nothing to lose and entire year class of fish in at one shot. That may have happened here. Regardless……another great day on my favorite stream.
My wife took a new job this week, her first in 13 years, and for a nice chunk of change so I decided to take Saturday off from fishing to spend the day with her and celebrate the moment of financial freedom! It’s been a long time coming so we were both having a good time. Secretly though I was watching a particular stream periodically and decided that I would head out Sunday instead.
I wasn’t sure what the day would hold when I arrived because by now everything is low in my area. I couldn’t find an optimal small freestone stream if I tried in the east. Thankfully I have some consistent low water producers that allow me to extend my time on the water when times are tough. They don’t hold out forever but at least for this day things worked out ‘pretty good’.
As I approached the first pool under cloud cover, a pool I’d never caught a large trout from, I had a high anticipation level. I was excited to get to fish here for the first time this year. On my 3rd cast I had a big trout swipe and miss the spinner. I followed up very quickly and the trout didn’t miss this time. I started the day with a 17” wild brown!
2 casts last I tangled with a small 10” wild brown and then the very next cast, out of a deep very swift run I latched into another big trout!
This one was 18” and he had a battle scare. If this was a Great Blue it just goes to show you that they will literally kill anything. Horrible creatures. Wish you could hunt them.
2 big trout in the first 10 minutes…not a bad way to start the day!! My mind was going round and round about how epic the day was going to be but the then the sun came out hard and the next 30 troutless minutes simmered that feeling a bit. Practicing patience again I stuck it out and as usual things picked up as I progressed.
Things were still flowing nicely at least!
And all sorts of trout were coming to hand. I was catching stocked browns, wild browns, native brooks, stocked brookies, and holdover rainbows.
And then things really started to open up with the big trout when this interest greyish colored 17” brown hit my spinner.
Shortly after this 15” football of a brown took a chance….
Then this 19.5” brown came shooting off the bottom the stream to just smashed my spinner.
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And it wouldn’t stop….next up was another 17” brown.
And then as I got near the end of the day I tacked on a 16” brown and this 19” holdover rainbow.
For the day I caught 7 Hogs and missed a few others.
I’ve had a great year thus far in regards to catching bigger fish. Seems like they are coming in numbers on any trip that I find them. I’m not complaining about that!
Boy did I fish a LOOOOONG way yesterday. It was so brutally hot. It was probably the most grateful I’d been all year to have my bike ditched upstream. I’m not sure how I would have fared had I had to walk that entire distance back to the truck. My back would have been a mess.
It’s a guess how things are going to shake out going forward. Hot and dry weather looks to become the norm this week. Just have to keep watching and digesting information……